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. , i , , I 1 . I j , I . I • j | ; I i i . ! i EMPIRE CITY STAKES RAISED I Sixteen Events Close March I with Added I Value of 567,500. xi:v ViiKK. . v.. Pehruary 11. The Empire i tj Baciag Associations stakes program for it* ~ 1!i21 Rummer meeting ha* been approved by president .lame. Butler as prepared by racing necretary hanmburg. The c litloas for the sixteen feature V nts. which total a vain.- of 1921.sh7,300. air in w In tic hand* of own. -is and trainer*. Entries will 1 r.e dm- March ! and the erecting will occupy that part of July between the rlosr of Aqueduct and the opening at Saratoga. notable feature in ceaaectioa with the Empire program for M21 i* that aevea of the stake* which 1 were formerly of the guaranteed variety now have a definite added value. Among these are tin Empire City, Vonkers, Mount Vernon and Pleet-wing Handicaps, for three -year old* and over, with M.000 for tin- Vonkers and fS,000 for the other two. The Ehapire Cltj Derby and the Knickerbocker Handicap, for three year-old*, are both of the ? added value type tai* year, aad the managem nt is to be congratulated for making the former a ! real Derby test. The distance ha* been lengthened ■ to a mile and a quarter and the added money of ,000 is certain to attract more good three-yea i ■ hi . than ever before when many ou ra a eager to gel to Saratoga and rest up. While aa i 1 high class colts a* Kickty. Jack liar.- Jr., Pur chase and Wlldair have scored in this ran- in the past, tiny had little opposition, ami it did BOl occupy the place among Ihe turf features which it is hound io bold iii the future. Under the neu order of things the Empire City Derby should briag K out the cream of the three-year-oM* each year. Many good horses have scored in the Empire City Handicap in tin- past, notably Boa met and Nat:: :l iat. This race is t.. Soakers what the Bubc ban is to Belmont Park, the Excelsior to Jamaica, the Brooklyn to Aqueduct and the Saratoga Handicap to Saratoga, and being at a mile and one-eighth. trainers with horses that an- fond of middle dis- tancea will find it an attractive offering. Owners "f two year-old* will find mhch to com mend in the roster of eveata for juvenile* The .- Bastview Stake*, named in honor of Mr. Batters ■ own farm in Westchester County, is now a guaranteed 0,000 ia.... or ,000 i ■• timn last year. It companion prise, the Whirl, is worth ST. ."nil instead of ,000 a* formerly. The Demoiselle, for ,. fillies, has a guaranteed value of s",.lll:i. while _ the other features for tWO-y*a elds have l.c-n in CI i aad proportion i teh . All in all. the prospects for a brilliant meeting at t Empire never were to goad, especially as ipiartei-1 - for 1011 or more hocaea have been added to this * , alreadj ap-to-date plain.